CCSSO created a new resource titled, “Commonly Asked Questions about Allowable ESSER and GEER Activities.” We continue to field many questions from states about allowable uses of ESSER and GEER relief funds and created the attached document to help address questions on additional pay for educators, transportation, high-quality instructional materials and curricula, real property or modular classrooms, construction and renovations, and addressing budget shortfalls. USED is currently working on additional federal guidance around these programs, including Use of Funds guidance. However, we know these are urgent questions, so CCSSO developed this resource to provide guidance in the interim. USED has fully reviewed this CCSSO resource and provided feedback, so we are confident that our analysis reflects the Department’s current thinking. CCSSO will continue to prioritize supporting states in effective administration of federal funds.
- National Survey Finds Majority of Parents Support End-of-Year State Assessments With Modifications and Resources: National PTA released the results of a national survey exploring parents’ views on end-of-year state assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The poll, which surveyed parents and guardians with children in grades K-12 in public schools, was conducted through Edge Research and in collaboration with Learning Heroes.
- New Vaccine COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative: The COVID Collaborative announced today it is partnering with the Ad Council and to launch the COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative, It’s Up to You. Created in close partnership with the COVID Collaborative’s scientific advisory group and the CDC, the campaign urges audiences to visit GetVaccineAnswers.org (DeTiDepende.org in Spanish) to get the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines, with the ultimate goal of helping the public feel confident and prepared to get vaccinated once a vaccine is available to them. Read more details here. CCSSO is a member of the COVID Collaborative.